Newsletter 23rd September

Key dates & important reminders

 

Key Events ​Date
Community Day Saturday 24th September 10am – 1pm
Year 2 Curriculum Meeting Monday 26th September 9am
KS1 & 2 NSPCC Assembly Monday 26th September
Y5 & 6 NSPCC Workshops Wednesday 28th September
Bluebell Trip to Omved Gardens Thursday 29th September 9.30 - 11.30
Daisy Trip to Omved Gardens Thursday 29th September 12.45 - 2.45
Early reading and phonics coffee morning Thursday 29th September 9am
Parent workshop – Common childhood illnesses Thursday 29th September 2.30 – 3pm
Brookfield Community Breakfast Friday 30th September 8.15am
Cross Country Friday 30th September 10am - 1pm *
Year 5 and 6 Growing against Violence Workshop Monday 3rd October *
Parent workshop – Supporting your child’s MH and wellbeing Part 1 Tuesday 4th October 9.15 – 9.45am
Pyramid building workshop Wednesday 5th October
Year 4 PAC Maths Wednesday 5th October *
Open Afternoon Thursday 6th October (school closes early)
Year 5 to British Museum Friday 7th October
World Mental Health Day Monday 10th October
SEND coffee morning Thursday 13th October 9am
Year 4 to London Transport Museum Thursday 13th October
Year 6 at Sayers Croft meeting Thursday 13th October 3.45pm
Bake Sale & Costume Swap Friday 14th October 
Flu nasal spray immunisations Monday 17th October
Individual Photos Tuesday 18th October
Parent workshop – Supporting your child’s MH and wellbeing Part 2 Wednesday 19th October 9.15 – 9.45am
Year 2 PAC Maths Thursday 20th October *
Halloween Dress Up Friday 21stOctober
Half Term Monday 24th – Friday 28th October

Laurel's update

This week, I am delighted to announce that thanks to the innovative work of our Eco-Committee, Brookfield has been awarded an Eco-Schools Green Flag! The Eco-Schools Team reviewed our application and shared the following praise:

“It's wonderful that you have appointed such a large Eco-Committee, this shows your schools excellent commitment to both the programme and the eco-cause. We love that you have made major changes to the curriculum with the employment of a Forest School Gardener. We thought your Eco-Code was brilliant! Overall, this has been an excellent application to review. It's been incredibly heartening and inspiring to see how fully your pupils have engaged with the programme and the work that they've done has simply been astonishing - so creative, wide-spread and embedded in curriculum studies. Great work everyone!”

If you would like to support Brookfield’s zero-carbon ambitions please email admin@brookfield.camden.sch.uk
I would like to sincerely thank Zia Teshome who has been a committed Brookfield Parent Governor and member of the Anti-racism Committee. I wish Zia every success in her community efforts (please see below) and am grateful for her insight, enthusiasm and vision.

Community Day, Saturday 24th September 10am-1pm

We look forward to welcoming families and friends to our Community Day, tomorrow, Saturday 24th September. Come and help us make improvements to our infant playground and various areas around school. Rob (Forest School Gardener), Derek (Site Service Officer), Rosie (School Business Manager) and I will be directing children, parents and friends and we are planning lots of activities to enhance our school. So that we can cater for lunch, please email to let us know you are coming: admin@brookfield.camden.sch.uk.

Governor news

I have very much enjoyed my time as a parent governor and I am honoured to have contributed to the anti-racism committee. I have decided to focus on my organisation called the Highgate Black Women's Wellness Group where we advocate for black women's wellbeing in the Camden area. I'm also part of the 'black women embracing ease movement' my organisation also organises events such as the 'Black Women Exodus Expo Event' held once a year in Portugal. My organisation is funded by Camden Giving and all donations will be welcomed.

https://www.camdengiving.org.uk/donate

Here is my email address if you wish to contact me.
highgate.black.women@gmail.com

Kind Regards

Zia

Class news
Attendance and Punctuality
Thank you to everyone who attended curriculum meetings this week. Within the meetings, we highlighted key points about attendance: request for leave during term time, daily absence procedures and school timings. For a more detailed understanding of attendance procedures at Brookfield, please see our new school policy: https://www.brookfield.camden.sch.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Attendance-policy-2022_23.pdf
Below, is a breakdown of what our attendance percentages mean. Poor attendance affects children academically and also has a huge impact on their social and emotional development:
This week out whole school attendance was 95.12% . We are aiming for 96%- so very close!
Each week, we highlight children's attendance in assemblies and each class is working towards a class prize for best attendance.
Thank you for your support with this.

Year 6 Netball Team

Y6 Netball team have fixtures on Tuesday 4th October 3.30pm - 5.35pm at LSU. Parents are encouraged to come along and support the team.

Friday 30th is the cross country competition. Thank you to those who have offered to help supervise the children on the day. We will aim to leave the school by 10am. The Y4 children will race first and we will need to get their individual number's on them asap. The next race will be Y3 followed by Y5 then Y6. As current champions we want to put up a strong fight to do all we can to retain our title as champions!

Finally, thank you to each and every one of you for being supportive and so kind to me over the years. It has been a difficult decision for me to make to move on and will always be hard for me to leave a place I love so much.

We cannot force someone to hear a message they are not ready to receive, but we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed x Wise old Haseeb

Good luck, take care and always be optimistic x

Events for Parents and Carers

Early reading and Phonics Coffee Morning

Thursday 29th September at 9am

Come and join Abigail and Seren who are inviting parents and carers to attend a coffee morning that will focus how we teach your children to read and use phonics to help with their writing.

Parent workshop – Common childhood illnesses

Come and join us and the school nurse for a workshop on common childhood illnesses.

Thursday 29th September at 2.30 - 3pm

Updates from the Office

Free School Meals

We ask all parents to check if their child is eligible for Free School Meals by clicking here. The school then receives additional money to support children’s learning and experiences for six years through the government’s Pupil Premium funding. The following criteria applies:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit – your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including benefits)
  • Child Tax Credit with a taxable income of no more than £16,190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit
  • the Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • support from the National Asylum Support Service (NASS)

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive lunches provided by the school and funded by the government. The school charges parents and carers for meals once their child is in year 3 or above.

PTA News
Upcoming Events Date
AGM Tuesday 4th October, 8-9pm (Zoom)
Bake Sale and Costume Swap Friday 14th October
Halloween Dress Up Friday 21st October
AGM Notice
The AGM will be on Zoom on October 4th at 8pm. Please email any question or items for the agenda to brookfieldptatreasurer@gmail.com
So far we have:
- 2021-22 accounts to approve
- 2022-23 spending plan and priorities
- fundraising initiatives and ideas
- AOB

Amazon Smile

Did you know you can raise money for Brookfield while shopping on amazon? Just go to smile.amazon.co.uk and pick Brookfield Primary School Association as your prefered charity. It would help hugely and is no effort at all.

Call for Reps

We still need reps for Blossom, Catkin, Conker, Poppy, Heather, Fern, Ivy & Willow.This is a crucial part of making the school tick for parents / carers and children. Please do step up - it's not that much effort. Without your class having a rep your children may miss out on things, so we hope that one of you will be willing to do the job. It is also fine to have two people sharing the role.

Let us know – email the PTA at BrookfieldSchoolPTA@gmail.com

The PTA Team – Sophie, Nicolai and Rob

Community news

Pro Touch SA is inviting all girls in current school years for Girls only Football sessions in current Schools years 3,4,5 & 6

Cost: Free

Starting from Sunday 25th Sept 2022

The training session will be every Sunday from 9 am -10.20 am

All levels of ability welcome

Please see flyer below for more information

Pro Touch SA CIC